Indiana to Florida via Tennessee
Brand-X, Matt and Sandy had been on vacation at her parents in Indiana. Her parents decided to make the trip back to Florida with them. Mom and Dad in their truck, Brand-X, Matt and Sandy in the mini-van, they headed south. (Brand-X being Sandy’s ex-husband)
In Tenn. there was a little roadside scenic pull-off; they needed to stretch their legs. Brand-X needed a little “relief” so he took off for a stroll down a bank along the river.
They had decided that after this little break, Brand-X would ride with Dad in the truck and Mom would ride with Matt and Sandy in the van.
Dad didn’t see Brand-X leave on his little stroll; they guess Dad figured Brand-X was going to ride with Mom and Sandy. As Dad started to pull out of the rest area, Sandy pulled in behind him thinking that Brand-X must have gotten into the truck without her seeing him. So off they went.
Brand-X, in the meantime, is still down on the riverbank looking up and seeing all pull out of the rest area. He goes running up the bank and into the empty rest area. He just can’t believe they took off and left him there. He starts thinking how he is going to get out of this mess. He knows that they just gassed up a few miles back and won’t need to stop again for about another 300 miles. He fishes in his pocket and comes out with 64 cents and no credit cards, couldn’t even take a bus if there were one anywhere near!!!!! The rest area was empty and stayed empty for some time.
After a while a biker pulled in on his Harley and parked. Brand-X walked up to him and started to tell him his tail of woe. He says the biker took off his helmet and leaned onto the handlebars as he listened, with a look on his face that said “Man that must be some good drugs you’re on with a story like that”. He must have believed the story as he handed him a helmet and Brand-X got on the bike.
Not being a biker himself Brand-X did not realize there are pegs to rest your feet on as a passenger. Brand-X had on deck shoes, as they rode down the highway he was alternating between resting his feet on the very hot exhaust pipes and holding them out to the side as they rode. Brand-X said he would look over the bikers shoulder and he watched the speed climb to 60, 70, 80, 90, the last time he looked they were going 100 miles per hour and he decided not to look again!!!
Brand-X wasn’t sure how far ahead the group was but he knew he had to get to them before they reached a change in HWY’s because he wasn’t sure which route they would take once they got to that point. Finally he looked up ahead and saw the back of the van. They came up behind the van and realized they would have to come up along the side of them to get their attention. Mom was the first to notice him. Brand-X said he could read Mom’s shocked look on her face and then her recognition that it was him on that bike.
It wasn’t enough to pull up along side of the van; they had to get up to where Dad was to stop this little caravan. So they speeded up a bit and when an opening came up the biker came up along side of Dad. He said he saw hands waving and it looked like the biker wanted him to pull over. Dad could not imagine what he had done to upset that biker so badly and just to be on the safe side he reached down under the seat and got his pistol in his hand. They’re not sure exactly what happened but Dad finally realized that Brand-X was on the back of that bike. As soon as he could he pulled off the road and all were reunited.
After all the “How in the world did this happen?” was discussed and the biker had been thanked, they were on their way. With all the laughing that took place it was decided it was needed to stop at a motel so Mom could shower and change, she had laughed just a bit too hard and ……..
They needed to stop at a store before they got to the motel; they needed just a few things. Brand-X got out, went to the back of the truck and came out with a rope. He tied one end of the rope around his waist and the other to the front of Dad’s truck. He walked toward the store as far as his rope would go. When asked what he was doing he said he had decided he was not going to be left behind again!! The motel stop became even more necessary!!
Brand-X never wore deck shoes or rode a motorcycle again!!